Psycho-Logical, and Dean’s mental health focus

It is very exciting to announce that the *print* edition of Dean Burnett’s book, all about mental health and how it works in terms of the functioning of the brain, will be published on February 4th, 2021 (in the UK and the Netherlands, thus far)

You can pre-order from Amazon here.

There will be many talks and publicity pieces announced in due course, but in the meantime, if you’re interested in learning more about the book’s content, Dean Burnett recently appeared on two episode of the Cosmic Shambles networks ‘Science Shambles Q&A’ , answering questions about mental health alongside other relevant experts.

Smersh Pod antics

Lockdown has hit us all hard and forced us to change our regular routines. But one positive development for Dean is that he’s become a regular guest on the (Patreon exclusive) SMERSH POD ‘Tuesday Night Movie Club’, alongside host John Rain and comedian Dan Thomas.

They basically watch weird and/or terrible movies, and discuss them while getting slowly intoxicated. Subscribe to the SMERSH POD Patreon now to listen

Psycho-Logical: many mental health posts

So, I have another book out. This one is an Audible exclusive audiobook, and it’s the thing I’ve been wanting to write for some time.

It’s called Psycho-Logical, and it’s all about mental health. As in, the underlying science and understanding of mental health. It’s my effort to answer all the important questions which often go overlooked or ignored.

We’re repeatedly told they are, but why are depression, anxiety so common?

What’s going on in the brain to produce and sustain mental health problems?

Why are drugs and other therapies effective? And when they’re not, why aren’t they?

All this and more, is stuff I’ve tried to answer in this book, read in the dulcet tones of Matt Addis (my usual audiobook narrotor) with contributions from many good friends, discussing their own issues and experiences, to give a personal, subjective take too.

In light of this, I ended up writing a lot of stuff about mental health in the buildup to and the days after release of the book, some of which was made up part of a ‘blog tour’, which wasn’t a thing I was aware of before but am very happy to learn about.

So, here’s the list of my recent mental health pieces, with some reviews and Q&As thrown in for good measure.

The link between stress and depression … and the 10 simple words that could help – A longread for The Observer

Awareness and Beyond: Why Mental Health Should Never be Ignored – On the importance of acknowledging mental health problems, particularly for men, for Malestrom

Raising awareness of mental health is all well and good, but the hows and whys are important too – For BBC Focus magazine/website

‘Spreading the word about mental health, accurately, compassionately… that’s a priority of mine’ – A Q&A with The Psychologist

10 Things I’d like my readers to know about me, by Dean Burnett Fun listicle for

Karen Reads And Recommends – A review of Psycho-Logical

Experience versus expertise when writing about mental health – Guest post for LizLovesBooks

MENTAL HEALTH, BUT NOT MENTAL ‘ILLNESS’? – Guest post on the language of mental health, for ThePewterWolf

Staying in with Dean Burnett – Q&A mixed with Guest Post for Linda’s book bag

“Audio Books: A Better Format for Mental Health?” – A guest post about the opportunities of alternative book formats for My Reading Corner

HayleyReviews10 – Q&A with book blogger Hayley

To Listen to this Book or Not? A no-brainer! – A (very positive) review from Chocolate ‘n’ Waffles

That’s about it for now, will add more as and when they go up.